Paul has nearly three decades of experience consulting for leading healthcare, education, and behavioral healthcare entities nationwide. As an executive advisor, CEO, and expert in education & behavioral health, he has spent the past decade running his own consulting practice, focusing primarily on turning around and guiding entities in the behavioral health space. Paul enjoys building teams and companies, improving revenue cycle management, customer service workflows and infrastructure, marketing & PR, and is passionate about creating socially impactful entities.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Paul worked for a research firm evaluating educational and mental health programs. He then earned his master’s degree from Harvard University, where he studied social sector administration. Paul has also worked for Harvard University, Elements Behavioral Health (startup phase 2009), Aspen Education Group, and The Right Step. Paul is a thought leader and frequent keynote speaker in the field. Although he has accomplished a great deal professionally, he cites his proudest achievement is being a dad to four children, now all in high school and college.
Dustin oversees operations for all Paradigm Treatment locations, including day-to-day programming, treatment content and quality, growth management and strategy, and team support to all therapeutic and operational staff. Having previously worked at Paradigm in the roles of Therapist and Program Director, Dustin is also a skilled clinician with an emphasis on family systems who continues to provide direct support both to Paradigm families and youth. Prior to joining the Paradigm team, Dustin served as Program Manager at Arizona Child and Family Support Services in Flagstaff, an agency providing community-based wraparound services for youth and family treatment. At CFSS, Dustin also built, facilitated and oversaw an Intensive Outpatient Program. He also served as an individual and group therapist for Northern Arizona Substance Abuse Services working with the Drug Court; as a therapist for youth in juvenile detention; and as a wilderness therapist for a program that worked throughout Northern Arizona.
Dustin holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Northern Arizona University and has over 15 years of experience working with adolescents in a variety of settings. He is also trained in EMDR and Parent Effectiveness. Dustin’s motivation as both a therapist and a manager exemplify his deep desire to provide the insightful support and guidance that youth need to make the changes that will profoundly improve their well-being, relationships, and their futures.
Lucy helms all clinical treatment directives, programs, and services across Paradigm Treatment’s southwestern territory, and provides ongoing clinical group supervision specifically to our Southern California staff. Lucy also worked extensively with young adults in a private practice setting. She also treated children and teens with emotional and behavioral needs at multiple school sites as a therapist. Lucy has comprehensive experience as a behavior interventionist working with teens with developmental disorders, and as a therapist at an intensive outpatient program for mental health and substance dependency. Additionally, Lucy has a background that includes working at a residential facility that uses dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to treat borderline personality disorder and is EMDR-trained.
Lucy is passionate about helping her clients discover their own strengths and use their unique qualities to create a more fulfilled life. She integrates the practical components of various cognitive-behavioral approaches with the gentle practice of mindfulness, compassion, and cultural sensitivity. Lucy received her Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health at California State University, Fullerton. She also received an Excellence in Research Award studying parent-adolescent relationships when she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Galles is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed her residency at UC San Diego after attending medical school at the University of Iowa. She also earned her BA in Human Biology at Stanford University. Dr. Galles has served as Resident Psychiatrist at UCSD in inpatient and outpatient settings and with a particular focus on college mental health. She has also worked as an outpatient psychiatrist at the Family Health Center of San Diego.
Dr. Galles believes that taking care of our mental health requires that we address our overall health and well-being, including eating habits, exercise, cultivating healthy relationships, and finding meaning in our day to day life. She has a particular interest in college student mental health and helping young adults build a healthy foundation to succeed in achieving their goals.
In her free time, Dr. Galles enjoys surfing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and anything else outdoors.
Dr. Kansal is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago after attending medical school at the King George’s Medical College in India. Dr. Kansal has been practicing psychiatry since 2000. Over the years he has worked in various mental health settings, including outpatient clinics treating college students, inpatient hospitals, and crisis centers. He believes that taking care of our mental health requires that we address our overall health and well-being, including eating habits, exercise, cultivating healthy relationships, and finding meaning in our day to day life. Dr. Kansal also believes that adolescence and young adulthood is the critical time to lay a solid foundation for a healthy mind and body. In his free time, Dr. Kansal enjoys reading, playing with his 2 dogs, and going on long walks.
Dr. James Luzano is a licensed clinical psychiatrist who specializes in working with adolescents struggling with mental health and chemical dependency issues. He is a graduate of Columbia University and completed his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Additionally Dr. Luzano is an attending psychiatrist at UCLA Medical Center. While working at both Cedars-Sinai and UCLA he has gained invaluable experience in working with teen trauma, PTSD, teen anxiety, depression, and treatment resistant youth. Dr. Luzano provides medication management, psychiatric assessments and psychological treatment at Paradigm.
Tracy Bangar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who graduated with honors from Azusa Pacific University with her Master’s in Social Work with a concentration of Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Education and Applied Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Paradigm, Tracy worked in residential treatment with youth from struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, and addiction-related issues. She is certified in different Evidence-Based Practices of Trauma-Focused CBT and Seeking Safety, as well as Trauma-Informed Care. Tracy integrates multiple therapeutic modalities into treatment and is passionate about finding what works best for each teen. She takes the approach that every child and adolescent possesses strengths and positive qualities that when incorporated into treatment better foster growth and the ability to overcome the challenges.
Liesl Heuer holds a Master’s of Social Work Degree from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. Prior to joining Paradigm, she worked with probation and foster youth in San Bernardino County, where she conducted individual, family, and group therapy sessions, along with crisis management. Liesl has experience working with children of all different ages and backgrounds, is trained in many evidence-based practices (CBT, SBIRT, TF-CBT, EMDR) as well as being certified in Seeking Safety. Liesl is an adoptee from Seoul, South Korea, and is passionate about working with children and adolescents to help them overcome challenges and strengthen their identities by embracing their own strengths.
Dr. Andrea F. Polard first became a psychologist in Germany at the Freie University of Berlin in 1993. Besides working in research at her Alma Mater, she enjoyed working with multi-symptomatic children, adolescents and their families for various District offices of Berlin. When she immigrated to the U.S. in 1994, she had to get her second MA degree in Counseling Psychology and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College (1998). For two years, Dr. Polard worked in convalescent homes and halfway houses, where she was trained in various methods of psychological and neuroscience testing. She also worked at the Primal Institute for three years, where she conducted group and individual therapy with trauma survivors, many of whom were recovering from substance abuse. After this intense training, she yearned to work more holistically. Her subsequent, diverse training included Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Therapy, Mindfulness and Mind/Body work. Finally, in 2012, she founded the Los Angeles Center for Zen Psychology, where she saw many adolescents and adults who recovered from substance abuse, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
Andrea loves to write blog articles for Psychology Today. Her first published book —A Unified Theory of Happiness—received international attention. She loves to hike in nature and lives with her family and her dog in the quiet mountains of Topanga.
Jonathan Sanchez has nearly a decade of experience with educating teens. He possesses a Master of Arts in Education and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in gender studies alongside a focused minor in Kinesiology. Prior to joining the Paradigm team, Jonathan served in Southeast Asia as a high school English Literature and Mathematics Instructor. He also taught foreign exchange students at an International Language school in Santa Monica. Jonathan specializes in promoting critical/cognitive thinking and believes that conceptual understanding is demonstrated through the creation of imaginative, interpretive and analytical responses designed to develop students facility with varying types of mediums and modes to foster an appreciation of the value of lifelong learning. His goal for youth at Paradigm is to make sure that they stay current and when possible get ahead in their studies so that they have one less stressor when they are reintegrating.
Matthew Siegel is a graduate of Hampshire College with a Master of Fine Arts degree in English from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. In addition to being a widely published writer, he has taught rhetoric at the University of Iowa, and English at Santa Rosa Junior College, Harvard-Westlake School, and New Roads School. Matt has volunteered extensively with high-risk teens and has a passion for rekindling educational interest, growth, and achievement in youth who are working through adolescent anxiety and depression. His comfort and interest in residential programs stem from his educational experiences at a college preparatory boarding school in Massachusetts. In his free time, Matt hikes with his dog and explores the many cultural offerings of Los Angeles.
Melissa holds a Master of Arts degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Prior to her work as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she obtained a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from McGill University and worked for over 15 years in community nutrition. Melissa is passionate about creating spaces for people to connect and believes strongly in meeting people where they are. Melissa uses a range of relational and somatic therapeutic approaches to establish an environment that feels safe, supported and open to inquiry. Her style is warm and direct. She strives to support teens and families to build relationships with themselves and each other. In honoring and understanding the strategies that have been used to survive, Melissa supports families in identifying a new way forward. Melissa recognizes her role as Program Director as more than a profession and brings immense passion and dedication to the teens and families that she and her team support.
Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Central Michigan University. At Paradigm she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of San Rafael facilities, supporting Paradigm’s mission, goals, and professional standards. With almost 10 years in the treatment industry, Amanda has a unique combination of experience in; direct care, management, admissions, long-term residential treatment settings, focused on dual diagnosis, and therapeutic interventions. She takes the approach that every teen deserves unconditional acceptance in a nonjudgmental, nurturing environment, that feels safe for them to process difficult emotions and experiences. She is devoted to being a part of a team that can provide the best treatment available and is an empathetic leader who creates teams that people want to be a part of. She has acted in a variety of roles at Paradigm and was the Program Coordinator before moving into her current role as Deputy director. Amanda is passionate about helping individuals learn that they are more than their current lifestyle, thoughts, and behaviors. Amanda is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work and hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Siana specializes in experiential therapy, emotional intelligence, and personal development. She Is a trail blazer in the realm of youth development and focuses on assisting our youth with staying on track with their treatment goals. Siana has worked with the youth for over a decade leading and facilitating personal development groups and workshops. Some of the initiatives she’s developed are our “LifeSkills Group” to support our alumni in integrating what they’ve learned in our residential program post treatment, and “SHIFT” our diversity & inclusion program that encourages cultural competency in the field of mental health while providing resources for our staff, clients, and the community. Siana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from HBCU-Virginia State University and is a graduate of MITT-Mastery in Transformational Training. She dedicates her life to impacting as many lives as she can by being of service, encouraging transformation, and inspiring breakthroughs.
Breana Harris holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from California State University Northridge and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Portland State University. Growing up in Las Vegas, she wrote and performed community theater at therapeutic counseling centers and residential programs for teens. Breana has served as an editor and columnist for a newspaper, during which time, she mentored a staff of young writers. Before coming to Paradigm, she was an SAT and ACT preparatory consultant who specialized in the essay portions of college entrance tests. Breana is passionate about film, theater, and literature and enjoys connecting with youth. She believes in the benefits of writing as a therapeutic tool for unpacking teen depression, trauma, and self-harming behaviors.
Andrew graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration, with a minor in Finance and Spanish. Andrew is a CPA and CMA with an extensive background in financial advisory, operational, and organizational experience. Outside of Paradigm, Andrew is driven to give back to the community and does volunteer work with Junior Achievement as well as consulting with minority-owned non-profit businesses.
Born and raised in Ventura County, Marcelina is a seasoned admissions expert with nearly a decade of experience working in a variety of mental health settings. She also worked in the addiction field as a Registered Addiction Specialist Intern and has extensive knowledge of substance use issues, eating disorders and working with co-occurring mental health problems. As a parent herself and someone in recovery, Marcelina knows firsthand the experience of making the call to ask for help, and as such she brings an incredible amount of empathy, compassion and understanding to her work. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her children aged 14 and 4. Marcelina also loves Disneyland, hiking, and going to the beach.